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The Programme

As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Cambridge University is supported by its range of libraries and library staff. The Supporting Researchers in the 21st Century Programme seeks to develop knowledge on scholarly communication and research support and enhance development opportunities to help our library staff realise their potential in the 21st century academic library. 

The programme runs year round and is open to all library staff across Cambridge. As everyone will deal with researchers and the research process in some capacity, the training is relevant to staff across all grades. We offer a workshops, roundtables, webinars and a growing bank of online training on a range of topics from Open Access, research metrics and data management to open licenses, metadata and presentation skills.

There are two main components of the Supporting Researchers Programme:

  • a regular training programme covering all aspects of scholarly communication.

  • the Research Support Ambassador Programme. This programme seeks to provide more specialised training to interested library staff to allow them to become the local expert in their library on scholarly communication issues and runs annually over the summer months 

Materials from Supporting Researchers in the 21st Century sessions can be found here [Cambridge staff only].

For details on upcoming sessions please see our Events page.

If you have any queries about or comments on training then drop us a line at:

What have participants said?

Excellent session on predatory publishers. We’ve started to get a lot of questions in this area and knowing more about it came at the perfect time

It was really engaging and a perfect introduction to the topic. I only had a vague idea at the outset as to what predatory publishing is but by the end of it I felt really well-informed (and in a short space of time!)

Very engaging. Like the speed, got through a lot without it getting too boring or slow!

Research in 3 Minutes

Scholarly communication is a large and confusing topic and it can be hard to grasp the basic concepts you need to start building your knowledge. We have prepared a set of short videos to cover Research in 3 Minutes. Each one covers a core concept such as the publication lifecycle,  Research Data Management or Text and Data Mining. So sit back, relax and click the image below to learn about research support in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee:

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Research Support Handy Guides

We have also produced a series of information booklets on a range of topics relevant to scholarly communication. Although these are aimed at library staff they will also be useful for those wanting materials to share with their own research community. All of the information booklets are made available under a CC-BY 4.0 license.


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Wednesday Webinars

These monthly webinars cover current issues in scholarly communication in more depth. Webinar recordings and related resources are collated on the page below and are all made available under a CC-BY license allowing adaptation and reuse.

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OSC Podcast

Our podcast disusses current issues in scholarly communication and can be used as a companion to our webinar series and online training initatives or independently. Episodes are currently available via Anchor FM, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts and Radio Public.

Open Research Newsletter sign-up

Please contact us at to be added to the mailing list to receive our quarterly e-Newsletter.

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